Steve Kerr turned the Warriors down the first time they asked him to interview, GM Bob Myers told reporters, including Antonio Gonzalez of The Associated Press, but when Stan Van Gundy took the Pistons job, agent Mike Tannenbaum called the Warriors to set up a meeting. That was the sit-down in Oklahoma City that led the Tannenbaum client and the Warriors to agree on a deal, and the team’s new coach covered plenty of topics in his introductory press conference today, as we detail:
- The coach made his preference for a team with high aspirations clear, signaling part of the reason why he chose Golden State over the Knicks, observes Kurt Helin of NBCSports.com. “I would much rather have talent and expectations than a low bar with a [rebuilding] process ahead,” Kerr said.
- A hectic postseason broadcasting schedule slowed what appeared to be a fast track to New York, Kerr admitted, as RealGM notes via Twitter.
- Kerr said he questioned the Warriors brass on why they fired Mark Jackson, and said that it was refreshing to hear Myers and co-owner Joe Lacob admit their mistakes regarding the former Warriors coach, tweets Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group.
- Kerr declined to answer whether he thinks the Warriors are a championship team, saying only that they’re a “very good team,” Thompson also notes (Twitter link).
- Former NBA head coaches will be among those Kerr said he’ll target for his coaching staff as he seeks an experienced hand to help him along in his first year on the bench, as Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle pass along (on Twitter).